5 Things to Consider When Buying a Walk In Cooler Or Freezer

If you’re planning on purchasing a walk in cooler or freezer, it’s important to do a bit of research before making a decision. These units can range widely in price so choosing the right one for your business is very important. The worst thing you can do is make the purchase and realize that the unit is too big, too small, not cold enough, the list goes on. At Knox we will take a look at a few tips that will help you determine what type of walk in cooler or freezer would suit your business best.

1. Spacing: Before you even know exactly what you’re looking for, the most important step is to figure out how much space you have available to place the walk in.  This is as simple as taking a tape measurer and measuring the Length, Width and Height.  From there, our knowledgably staff will be able to determine what would work best for you in that area so you utilize it without any wasted space.

2.  Necessary Features: Like a house, car, or any big purchase, walk in coolers and freezers have many different features.  And just like those purchases, it’s best to figure out what would work best for your business by separating the necessary and unnecessary features.  For example, if you’re living in a Southern state and have high humidity, it would likely be in your best interest to have heated glass on your doors to prevent condensation build up on the doors.  However, if you’re in the Midwestern state, you likely will not need the heated glass because there is much less humidity in that climate.  The best way to find out about different features is to talk to our experienced staff here at Knox who will figure out what works best for you. 

3. Check With Your Township: Every township has different rules and regulations when it comes to having a walk in cooler or freezer in your business.  We advise that you check with your township before placing any sort of orders to see if there is a specific type of permit you will need in order to have this in your business.  

4. Saving Money: With many appliances changing to become more energy efficient, walk in coolers and freezers are no different.  You may think you’re saving money by purchasing a polystyrene cooler (4’’ of foam coffee cup insulation) but when you look at your energy bill every month, it could be up to four times as much as using a more durable and energy efficient “foamed in-place urethane insulation”.  Other additions such as LED lights, energy controllers, etc., allow for you to save hundreds to thousands every month on electric costs.  

5. Consider Your Particular Use: This is what should matter to you, the consumer, the most.  If you’re a florist planning on building a walk in cooler to display flowers, it would be a big mistake to get a cooler that is meant for beer.  Walk in coolers and freezers are highly customizable depending on what product is going in the unit.  With 23 years of experience at Knox, we will set you up with the ideal walk in cooler and freezer for all of your needs.

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